The A229 Plus is a recently released 3-channel dash cam by the Chinese manufacturer VIOFO. It is sold as a 1-channel version, 2-channel version and 3 channel version. This camera was released at the same time as the similar A229 Pro. The primary difference between the Plus and the Pro is that the front camera of the Plus shoots in 2K video while the front camera of the Pro shoots in 4K video.
The VIOFO A229 Plus is based on the Novatek NT96580 processor. It uses a 2K Sony STARVIS 2 IMX675 CMOS sensor for the front camera, a 2K Sony STARVIS 2 IMX675 CMOS sensor for the rear camera and a Sony Starvis IMX307 for the cabin camera.
VIOFO A229 Plus delivers good video quality. The front camera records 1440p (Quad HD) video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 29 Mbps. This high bit rate delivers very video quality during the day for the front camera and good performance at night. While not the highest bit rate, the camera runs much cooler than its Pro sibling.
The rear camera records 1440p (Quad HD) video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 24 Mbps. The rear camera is slightly worse than the front camera but still does a very good job during the day. Night video is average,
The cabin camera comes with 4 infrared LED lights and records 1080p video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 15 Mbps. Video recording both day and night are very good and can capture what is going on within the vehicle without issue.
The VIOFO A229 Plus has a 2.4″ screen, g-sensor and a GPS mount. The camera comes with 5GHz & 2.4GHz WiFi with 5GHz allowing for faster download speeds to move clips from the camera to your smartphone with either the Android or iOS app.
Like most wedge shaped cameras, the A229 Plus comes with an adhesive mount. The camera cannot swivel to record interactions at the driver or passenger windows. Build quality is very good, and the camera comes with audio and screen error notifications.
The A229 Plus has the identical form factor and size as the A229 Pro. This is a medium sized dash cam at 99 x 58 x 46mm. Not the smallest camera but not overly large either.
Like other VIOFO cameras, the A229 Plus supports 3 parking modes:
- Auto event detection or buffered parking mode
- Time-lapse parking mode
- Low bitrate parking mode
To enable these parking modes, you will need to hardwire the dash cam to your car (the Viofo 3-wire hardwire kit has a low voltage cutoff and is recommended)
VIOFO has been including Voice Control on its most recent cameras. The A229 Plus supports the following 10 voice commands in 6 languages (English, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai):
- Lock the Video
- Video Start
- Video Stop
- Take Photo
- Turn On Audio
- Turn Off Audio
- Turn On Screen
- Turn Off Screen
- Turn off WiFi
- Turn on WiFI
Out of this list of 10 voice commands, the Lock Video one is the most useful, the rest are unlikely to be used on a regular basis.
VIOFO is responsive to questions and have good support. They also provide regular firmware updates and take into consideration user feedback. VIOFO also provides a 18 month warranty (12 months plus an additional 6 months if you register online) which is better than most dash cams.
There are no common problems reported with this camera.
Our member runtohell121 shared the following sample videos of the A229 Plus.
Should I Purchase
The VIOFO A229 Plus is a very good 3-channel dash cam. Video quality, while not 4K, is still quite good given the use of STARVIS 2 sensors for both front and rear cameras. Build quality is very good and the camera runs cooler than its 4K sibling the A229 Pro which should bode well for reliability.
The primary negatives are the larger size when compared to some of the smaller VIOFO cameras. If you are looking for a 3-channel rideshare camera and the A229 Pro and Vantrue N4 Pro are outside your budget, the A229 Plus is worth considering.
See what other owners say about the A229 Plus on our forum.
You can download the English User Manual here.
Published: January 1, 2024